The Silence Echoes

It is Anzac Day in Australia today.

This repost is in tribute to all the wonderful people and animals

who risk their lives for us

 

LEST WE FORGET

 

Thank you

SILENCE ECHOES

Should I end at the beginning?
Or begin at the end?
Today being a significant day in remembrance
Of our Australians and New Zealanders
Who lost their lives or suffered for their new generations to defend.
 
Was the sound of the “Last Post” a new hope?
Or a reminder of our great loss
A fortunate day now for some
But how many lives have these terrible wars cost?

Conflicts and battles where our innocent women and men,
who were armed and sent in to hell to protect all at home and defend.
 
Today at Kings Park in Perth, a Memorial Service will be held
To commemorate our brave ANZAC warriors
As a tribute to their bravery, courage and strength.
 
The Flame of Remembrance will always be burning bright

Never to be diminished

As a guiding Beacon of everlasting light and life
 
Words can never express,
For how could we ever forget
Those battles that were fought with courage, bravery and honourable intents.
I have no more words… as the silence echoes back
Reverberating along the Whispering Wall
 
Thank you.
 
Lest we should ever, ever forget.
Victoria Healing ~ 25.4.2018
Silence Echoes

... 'They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.' 
For The Fallen ~ Laurence Binyon

 Art: Cam Scale, Photography: Annette Green 
via Australian Silo Art Trail in Devenish, Victoria  


 

Silence echoes



Pages that Burned

 PAGES THAT BURNED 
 At first they’d thought him bizarre,
 until he’d literally taken it, too far.
 All the tell tale signs have been left,
 how the misogynist, het up his quest. 
 

 Pages of evil pen were turned,
 as naive, gentlewomen burned.
 Deviant; Heinrich Kramer, 
 the maniacal, insane fabler.
 

 in “Malleuse Maleficarum” of 1486, 
 he wrote how to incriminate a ‘witch’
 He was found to be, brutal and malicious, 
 duly condemned by the church bishop.
 

 Obsessed with the sexuality of women,
 accusing them with devilry and sinning. 
 Over three centuries he’d preached;
 ‘Hammer of Witches’ conspiracy beliefs.
 

 You can imagine their screams, in silence,
 of the poor ladies, annihilated by violence.
 Blessed be, those medieval warrior women,
 a history of innocent females is now written.
 

 You can still hear the echo of those beliefs, 
 in quite a few modern conspiracy theories. 
 Heart breaking and tragic, but true… 
 that this could’ve been done to me or you.
 Victoria Healing ~ 3.12.2020
PAGES THAT BURNED 

Image: Wild Witch Academy

References:

An evil book written by a Catholic clergyman, Heinrich Kramer, endorsing the extermination and suppression of innocent, poor women and sometimes men.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malleus_Maleficarum

It is all about the extermination of witches, how to recognise them, how to accuse them, how to get them to confess and how to execute them. The text was condemned by the church for its inconsistencies with church doctrine and its methods were found to be unethical, illegal and too brutal even by the inquisition. Furthermore, Heinrich Kramer was expelled from the diocese of Innsbruck. The bishop described him as insane and obsessed with the sexual behaviour of women. 

What Is a Witch? Defining Witchcraft in the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’

Supurrstition’s

 
SUPURRSTITION'S
It is a terrible thing, 
an omen of bad luck brings. 
Abused, reviled and hated;
from the deceptions created. 
 
Black fur, deep green eyes,
how could they be despised?
A reminder of propaganda,
mistruths and slander. 
 
How did this come to be?
this being their tragic story. 
Ghastly, crazy superstitions,
over evil witch inquisitions. 
 
 What the devil’s fib is that?
 about harmless, kitty cats.
 would it come as any surprise,
 another concoction of porky pies.
 
 Pope Gregory IX, was a weird man, 
 ordering the kill of cats on land. 
 Konrad von Marburg, inquisitor,
 decided black cats were sinister. 
 
Cats accused as witches assistants,
more Marburg’s hocus pocus victims.
Is a black cat, fortunate or bad luck?
these hate crimes; all Marburg’s bluff. 
 
He being Infamous, for macabre deeds,
of which ‘luck’ sign, will YOU believe?
Victoria Healing ~ 14.11.2020
SUPURRSTITION'S  
Image: Cats 101 

The simple truth is that cats make the world a better place.

As Welsh folklore tells us: “It is very fortunate to have a thoroughly black cat on the premises” (Marie Trevelyan, 1909)

People passed down tales with the intent of dissuading people from being near black cats, as doing so would get you tortured and killed by the Inquisition. These stories then evolved into today’s superstitions.

https://medium.com/history-of-yesterday/the-satanic-ritual-behind-the-unlucky-black-cat-d8ef2575328b

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/04/02/the-vatican-and-cats/

Konrad von Marburg became a byword for sadism and the dark side of Catholicism. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_von_Marburg

Deal with the Devil

DEAL WITH THE DEVIL 
 Kneeling before his altar of worship,
 he hadn’t seen the daemon lurking.
 A holy man, head bowed in prayer,
 behind him, evil black eyes stared. 
 
The devil’s face was hostile and grim,
 as he snatched, taking a hold of him.
 John Lowes was a man of the cloth,
 not understanding what was wrong.
 
 In the cold dark of several nights,
 John had put up a courageous fight.
 Tortured and tyrannised for 3 days,
 as witch accuser; Hopkins got paid.
 
 The priest, a man of eighty years old,
 my heart breaks and blood turns cold.
 It wasn’t only women, sent to death,
 men were suspect and put to foul test. 
 
 Many wish that Matthew Hopkins died,
 so many innocent live’s he’d deprived. 
 Relishing the work of Lucifer himself,
 heartless, egotistical, greedy for wealth.
 
 Remembering Reverend John Lowes, 
 d’you think his parishioners had known? 
 Hung for being a "witch"?  that he wasn’t,
 … He should never, ever, be forgotten… 
 Victoria Healing ~ 7.11.2020 
 DEAL WITH THE DEVIL  
Image: BROM 

“May no such blind and bloody superstition and madness ever get head again within this land.” ~ Robert Hawes, (1712)

https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/tragic-priest-to-be-commemorated-1-64931

What is a “witch” anyway? 

Abducted

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Image: Princess Gwenllian last Princess of wales  Gelin A Vellin

Some people tutted,
some people, disgusted.
Some people, turned their heads,
Edward I had wished her dead.

Having lost her parents and home,
hidden, rejected, living her life alone.
Banished behind high concrete walls,
instructed to listen for God’ call.

Strange women wearing long dark robes,
were the only caretakers, she’d ever known.
There was cruelty and devilry there,
it seems, no-one had justified or cared.

Dimly lit stained glass windows all around,
locked away in nunnery prison grounds.
Her hands clasped together in prayer,
wondering why was she delivered there?

The abducted true and last Welsh Princess,
Isolated from her own people to attest.
Her crime? she of royal Welsh blood,
a threat to the false king: Edward.

Gwenllian ferch Llywelyn, died on 7th June 1337.
fifty four years, waiting on the will of heaven.
The only orphan child of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd;
and daughter of Eleanor de Montfort.

Stolen in cradle away to Sempringham Priory,
Edward had expelled and denied her.
Wales is now a country left fragmented,
when Edward I stole the crown and ascended.
Victoria Healing ~ 12.6.2020
©The Last Princess of Wales

References:
The Lost Princess of Wales:
Gwenllian ferch Llywelyn
Only child of The Last Prince of Wales: Llywelyn ap Gruffudd.

Gwenllian was imprisoned for life in the Gilbertine priory at Sempringham. The aim was, naturally, that by placing her in the priory that she would never marry and produce offspring that may threaten Edward I.
Edward’s choice of Sempringham was a careful one: it was not just a convent, it was of the Gilbertine Order, a secular sect that kept itself isolated from the world.

She didn’t even know her true name: priory records have her listed as “Wencilian” while she used the signature “Wentliane” – both English corruptions of the correct pronunciation. She is a lost figure of Wales, buried in the wilderness of England, far from home.

princess gwenllian ferch Llwelyn hidden princess
Image: Princess Gwenllian ferch Llwelyn

https://www.historyofroyalwomen.com/…/imprisonment-gwenlli…/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwenllian_of_Wales
https://theconversation.com/how-poets-revived-the-story-of-…

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Alien Nation

Mexico US border by JR Artist 1 year old kikito near the tecate border
Image: French Artist; JR Francis

 

“Don’t look so shocked” he said;
I hadn’t got the heart to lie,
It is not widely known; how the poor, are getting by.

When, we crossed the US/Mexico border,
an eerie air of silence, in anticipation of their law and order.
Standing patiently waiting in the queue,
remaining speechless, seemed the safest thing to do.

Passports were scrutinised and checked,
wondering ‘what on earth’ would come next?
An alien world beckoned, as we approached,
inhabited by poor, starving and disadvantaged folk.

Countless Mexicans, had tried to escape,
but that was, their biggest mistake.
People smuggling, extortion and rorts;
many had died, according to reports.

Refugees, desperately trying to flee, by the thousands.
sneaking across, wild lands and dangerous mountains.
Hidden in the backs of cars and trucks,
left to suffocate, their misfortune and bad luck.

This being the first time, I’d encountered starvation,
Mexico for me, was a strange, underprivileged nation.
I cannot begin to explain the horrors I saw;
never having seen the needy and deprived before.

In our wealthy countries, as comfy as we are,
safe in our warm houses, owning flashy cars.
We may be in ‘self isolation’ but why complain?
when others are desperate, we should think again.

The weak and the vulnerable, have no welfare help,
if parents don’t work, their families don’t fare well.
Now this pandemic; threatens all around the globe,
I wonder how the poor are coping, as I pray in hope.
Victoria Healing ~ 20.4.2020
©Alien Nation

 

In 1990, I was a “Disney World” tourist. We took a day trip across the San Diego/Mexico border. I wasn’t prepared for what I saw there. I’ve never forgotten my first encounter, with a poverty stricken country. There is a lack of sufficient information from the media, about the Mexican peoples welfare, during the covid19 crisis, making me wonder; what is actually happening over there?

Image: French artist JR has placed the 70-foot tall image of a one-year old boy peeking over the edge of the US-Mexico border. facing the US and overlooking the Californian landscape. The child peers over the wall with curiosity and interest at land on the other side.
The project reacts to president trump’s recent reversal of the DACA program — a policy that protects eligible immigrants, who came to the united states when they were children, from deportation.

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Special Eggs-emption

Our Island Home Special Eggs-emption for travel

 

Social conventions, are being challenged,
will we be ready and able to manage?
Secluded, here in the paradise of Perth,
the most isolated country in the whole world.

Staying indoors, no trips abroad,
no panic buying, not a time to hoard.
Health pandemic is heading West,
drastic measures applied, to minimise threats.

Closing the borders, closing our towns,
we’ve enforced a community shut down.
Pubs, beaches and businesses are locked,
even our sporting season, has been dropped.

Family gatherings are herewith postponed,
confined to stay sheltered in our homes.
Our essential workers, are battling on frontlines,
our prayers are with our true heroes, in these scary times.

Churches are closed, as Easter approaches;
but EASTER BUNNY, please take notice!
Your travel plans, will not be restricted;
our Premier announced, for you, all bans are lifted.

Here is a special certificate of Eggs-emption,
in commemoration of Christ’ resurrection.
There will be no shortage of chocolate eggs,
our Premier Mark McGowan has gone to great lengths.

Life will carry on ‘nearly’ the same,
we’re just making the best of what remains.

Dearest Western Australian tourists, don’t forget:
please postpone your travel plans here, don’t visit, yet!

Victoria Healing ~ 3.4.2020
©Special Eggs-emption.

 

https://thewest.com.au/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-crisis-premier-mark-mcgowan-grants-easter-bunny-special-eggs-emption-to-travel-within-wa-ng-b881509328z?fbclid=IwAR3kOTB-kD7SFArIjcuO-dKWug-E4SFnMesmu1Hryo3FIYtmvZuqYoh_VkA

 

 

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Image: Destination Perth

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the Small Habits

corona not stuck at home safe at home

Fighting valiantly,
for a sense of reality.
Everyone is asking,
‘How long will this virus be active?’

It’s obvious and clearly evident,
but terribly hard to accept.
This pandemic will never be over,
our way of life different, as we’d known it.

It’s the small habits that we change,
that can be rearranged.
Social isolation, restricted movement,
adds to our worry and confusion.

Acceptance is the key,
find a new order and strategy.
Devise a plan to keep in touch,
with loved ones, you must.

Support the vulnerable at risk,
do not rush or prejudge your mental rift. 
Life will not go on as before,
this pandemic is akin to a major war.

As our world undergoes a shift,
look for the silver lining of hidden benefits.
Victoria Healing ~ 30.3.2020
© It’s the Small Habits

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Image: Becoming Minimalist

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Our World is Changing Again

tsunami of changes never walk alone hirsty
Image: Hirsty Photography ~ “A Golden Beam Of Hope” 

From shore to shore on a deadly breeze,
the coronavirus19 has brought the world to its knees.
A second “Tsunami” breathing disaster and death,
Our world is changing yet again…

Plundering, marauding and roaring from the east,
this grim reaper suffocates and kills all he meets.
Global “Pandemic” is the new name.
Our world is changing yet again…

This new tsunami heralds from air and sky,
“social distancing” has become the new catch cry.
Stay indoors, safely at home,
avoid this deadly virus, as he stalks and roams.

Kindness towards others is back in fashion,
appreciating our priorities, our new passion.
Learning from my own World Vision tsunami experience,
if we pool our resources, we will get through this.

Can you see that we are beginning a new trend,
by helping our precious earth to mend.
No, our world will never be the same,
as we let mother nature breathe again.
Victoria Healing ~ 30.3.2020
© Our World is Changing Again

“We may all be alone right now, but we’ve never all been so connected and reliant on our fellow humans” ~ Hirsty Photography

“Crown or Wreath?”
The name “coronavirus” is derived from Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “wreath”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus_disease_2019